By Richard Bausch
Initially, all Lily Austin is familiar with approximately 19th–century explorer Mary Kingsley is that, a hundred years prior to, she was once the 1st white girl to enterprise into the center of Africa. yet as Lily starts examining approximately Mary Kingsley, she turns into a growing number of involved – and discovers in Mary a kindred spirit. In her personal lifestyles, Lily feels trapped – at the one hand, she craves kinfolk and intimate connection; however, she has no fit or pleasurable position types. for this reason, as she nears commencement from the college of Virginia, she unearths herself doubtful approximately what to do along with her existence. As she researches Mary's lifestyles – she has started writing a play approximately her – Lily involves witness Mary's very good bravery and startling originality, features that turn out inspirational to Lily, whose personal bravery is needed as she makes an attempt to navigate dysfunctional and damaging relationships together with her younger husband, her nuclear family – and a legacy of abuse relationship again to her formative years.